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"Urban populations are increasing at a rate three times faster than the total population of our planet. Associated with urbanisation is the growth in range and scale of urban transport. People need to move around easily in towns and cities in order to go about their work and daily lives. Yet many journeys for work, shopping or leisure activities contribute to environmental problems such as air pollution and resource depletion. This Option will assess whether more sustainable solutions to urban transport can be found and implemented to combat the drawbacks of traditional and less sustainable urban transport. Although this is an applied Option, it requires candidates to have a sound knowledge and understanding of key features of urban growth and change, so that this can be applied to the problem of investigating more sustainable transport solutions. The concept of sustainability is central to this Option and should be clearly understood before in-depth analysis of the topic. This Option should also provide opportunities for candidates to question their own attitudes towards urban transport in their own locality as well as to find out about urban transport and sustainability in other parts of the world."
Thanks to Jonathan Hooton for offering me the chance to use and adapt the information that he and colleagues have produced at the Notre Dame School site in Norfolk. We will use some of the resources that they have produced, and adapt them to King's Lynn.
What do you have to do in this unit as part of the assessment ?
The magazine has to cover the following topics:
Identification and analysis of a clearly defined problem or issue concerning present transport use in at least one defined urban area.
A discussion of the possible solutions to alleviate the problem or solve the issue, including a full analysis of the impacts and evaluation of the extent to which these solutions are sustainable
Creative ideas for some aspects of the future of urban transport. This may be discussion of a general topic (such as solar powered cars) or exploration of an aspect of a particular urban area
Flowcharting: carrots & sticks
Journey Flowcharting Task
There needs to be a feature in the magazine on the Velib scheme, and assessing the successes and issues of the scheme.
A quick run through the history of transport - WMV file made with movie maker - how have we gone from crawling to space flight ?
What has been the cause of the change, and the impacts of the changes both positive and negative.
Has PROGRESS always been achieved by the changes ?
Which new transport is sustainable and which is not ?
Students could create this...
Use Dan's MOVIE MAKER GUIDE.
(probably not in the end of course...)
|What is CIVITAS ?
Civitas is an EU funded scheme with several different foci...
Click to enlarge the map if required. NORWICH is one of the cities that is involved in Civitas. It is part of CIVITAS SMILE. This involves the improvement of community transport schemes.
Met David Sprunt at a Climate Change conference, and he passed on a range of other materials related to Civitas.
Research, and re-establish contact with the Civitas group. Use CIVITAS materials from Climate Change conference: the CIVITAS NORWICH initiative.
|3||Transport Issues in King's Lynn
We will be exploring these. We need to be familiar with our own town and its problems. There must be some mapping - use Google Maps or Google Earth.
|4||School Travel Plan
Cycling for Sustainability
Car Parking Policy - encouraging staff to make their way to school in other ways, or to car-share. Liftshare: http://www.liftshare.com - could explore this in more detail.
|Adaptation of Jon Hooton's work from Notre Dame school.|
|5||Think about a visit to
Norwich: FIELDWORK and relate to work on Civitas.
There are 26 million cars on the UK's roads.
McDonalds plan to run their delivery fleet on recycled cooking oil.
|Produce a factfile of transport and traffic facts.|
PEAK OIL ISSUE
This has become far more of an issue in 2008 as the price of oil (and therefore fuel) has increased dramatically and is causing "fuel poverty" for a lot of households.
More to come...
Many thanks to David Balderstone for sending me a range of resources and ideas which we will possibly be using to prepare students for the assessment that we will be doing. The booklet has been produced for all students, and this will provide some useful background.
Use this booklet...
|See range of resources on school network.|
BEIJING NO CAR DAYS
In advance of the Olympics, as an attempt to reduce air pollution. They are also closing petrol stations.
|http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7007893.stm - people not sticking to them...|
Magazine: This is what you will be producing during the course of the year. It has to contain articles on all of the sections of the course.
Cover made with FLICKR TOYS: BIG HUGE LABS.
Has to address the various parts of the Assessment Objectives, which you will be presented with.
WALKIT - A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION - this is a website which takes routes within Central London, and compares the time and carbon emissions involved when doing a walk compared with other means, and how many calories you will burn along the way...
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